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  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 15:27:39View | Delete

    Good point. People definitely see what they want to see.

    I am reminded of Jeff Bauman describing “Tamerlan” wearing Dzhokhar’s white hat at the first bomb site.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 15:26:24View | Delete

    It’s hard to see his face in that video. But speaking of sketches, the sketch on that page makes him actually look like Satan! (Well, we knew it would happen, that’s the way the media has been taking it.)

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 15:09:59View | Delete

    I suspect the artist exaggerated a bit with his facial expression.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 13:22:06View | Delete

    I agree with you on the media 100%. Actually cable news coverage this morning was fairly neutral, not particularly venomous. The poison I encountered was in the Twitterverse. Last time he appeared in court, Dzhokhar smiled at his sisters and was accused of smirking. Today he avoided that mistake, and was accused of being “sullen.” [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 13:08:07View | Delete

    Curious to hear more about Karen Friedmann and Marc Fucarile.

    Elena Teyer got plenty of attention, but she should have come across as less angry and emotional, I think. And people misunderstood her shouting in English “don’t kill any more innocent boys,” thinking that she was talking to Dzhokhar and not to LE.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 08:30:09View | Delete

    Thank you for the tweets, og. Sweet provided photos of the protest signs outside. Why, when she is so obviously anti-Tsarnaev? Her tweets are almost a joke, considering that yesterday we were debating on how people would react to DT if he kept a stone-face and avoided “smirking.” Sweet’s assessment of his stone-face is that [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-18 08:13:17View | Delete

    Elena Teyer got into the courtroom today and shouted out to Dzhokhar to tell him that he has supporters, that he should not give up. She then gave an impassioned interview outside the courtroom, which CNN just played. Elena told reporters that her ex-son in law, Ibragim Todashev, was killed because he knew that the [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-17 05:21:12View | Delete

    I also was unable to read the BG report. The CBS report only stated that SS’s plea deal hearing is on Friday. I think it would be premature to guess whether Silva will testify against Dzhokhar. But I’m sure the prosecution is working hard to get these sorts of coerced or bribed witnesses to support [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-17 05:13:30View | Delete

    He has his life to gain with a plea deal, if he believes that his life in prison would be worth living. (And I note the latest motion is all about jurors’ attitudes toward the death penalty.) That said, it is very possible that DT has a story to tell — about his innocence — [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-17 05:08:09View | Delete

    Thank you for the info on Ailina. One very small victory for the Tsarnaevs. I hope her “threat” will be shown to be only a misunderstanding or an untruth.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Practice For The Trial? by pbszebra.

    2014-12-16 05:54:05View | Delete

    Thanks pbsz. I expect at this conference we will see wrangling about the jury selection process. DT will have to maintain a stone-face, without even a smile at his sisters which could be interpreted as a smirk. However, if he fails to smile, I suppose the media will call him “cold.” He can’t win. BTW, [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-12 05:55:52View | Delete

    Yes, the similarities in extra-judicial murders of young African Americans and of Todashev are pretty striking. At the end of the article referenced by BD@22, there is discussion of how the “War on Terror” and the “War on Drugs” are bleeding into each other, and how the object doesn’t seem to be to end either [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-12 05:50:47View | Delete

    That is interesting about DT having to face the bomb to set it off. Yes, Genck says he walked away rapidly. The darkened photos on the FBI website, and Blue Runner, show the same thing. We do not see him facing back toward the bomb.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-12 05:44:34View | Delete

    Thanks Bernache, this is quite a good interview, adding more meat to the theory of Tamerlan as FBI informant and discussing the FBI’s coercion of other Muslims to become informants. The main person speaking is from Boston. I only wish he could get on DT’s jury! He said something which gives me some small amount [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-11 06:53:09View | Delete

    My roommate, who is an impartial observer, was certain that DesLauriers’ tears on 60 Minutes were fake. That in addition to the fact that DesL (tearfully) endorsed the Blue Runner Photo, which is either 1) a photoshopped fake, or 2) a direct contradiction of the information in the Criminal Complaint. What amazes me is the [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-11 06:39:04View | Delete

    Document 319 http://thebostonmarathonbombings.weebly.com/uploads/2/4/2/6/24264849/thebostonmarath_-1-.pdf

    mentions the remote control devices, states they were made from model car parts, and says that only one of the two was recovered after the bombings.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-11 06:35:02View | Delete

    I would also guess that although DT may have written notes about bomb-making, he did not write a confession to bombing the Marathon. Why would Ortiz claim he could communicate orally, contradicting the statement of the defense and of the surgeon who treated him? I think she wants people to beieve that he spoke to [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-11 06:27:44View | Delete

    and Bernache

    Interesting about the video being a series of stills. I had not heard that and would be curious to see links about it. Now that I call the video to mind, it does seem plausible that that is the case.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction? by jane24.

    2014-12-10 12:59:39View | Delete

    This is one of the best BBN posts ever, Jane! Mercy picked up on the same thing that I quickly thought of: the government has actually admitted that there was no gunpowder residue in the brothers’ residences or their cars. The Tsarnaevs did not make the bombs. The government made this admission because the “lone [...]

  • I believe it is likely that Rolling Stone’s retraction of its UVA rape story, based on flimsy reasons, is part of a renewed attack against women’s rights. The ongoing horror of rape and domestic abuse is mostly ignored by the media except for occasional talkfests on MSNBC … but if a woman apparently gets caught in [...]

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